Bradford City 1 Doncaster Rovers 2: Dickov celebrates 42nd birthday in style

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It was a birthday to remember for Paul Dickov who labelled the derby day victory over the Bantams as ‘outstanding’.

Celebrating his 42nd birthday today, Curtis Main and Reece Wabara cancelled out Jon Stead’s first half opener to give Doncaster the Yorkshire derby day bragging rights and a superb present to the Doncaster chief.

“A few people were wishing me Happy Birthday before the game and I said it was only going to be happy if we got a result,” said the Scotsman.

“I thought the desire and the determination the players showed second half was outstanding.”

Dickov also hailed shot-stopper Sam Johnstone as ‘outstanding’ as the on-loan Manchester United ace denied the Bantams several goalbound efforts during a frustrating day at Valley Parade for the hosts.

Marring the victory was the fact that Cedric Evina was stretchered off in the first half following a challenge.

Dickov told reporters it was a knee problem.

“I’m a little bit worried about that, it looks a bad one,” admitted the Rovers chief.

Meanwhile, his counterpart Phil Parkinson labelled the game as a “smash and grab” three points for their Yorkshire rivals.

But despite suffering their fourth defeat from their last five league games, the City boss admitted he could not fault the efforts of his players with the likes of James Hanson, Stead and Filipe Morais all having efforts denied by the brilliance of Johnstone.

“It’s a smash and grab from Doncaster with the greatest respects,” said Parkinson.

“First half we played really well, some of the football we played was excellent.”